Thursday, November 25, 2021

Roma Women Sterilised in Slovakia

 Thousands of Roma women were forcibly sterilized in Slovakia, a practice that continued until 2004. The government of Slovakia has now made a formal apology.

The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, welcomed the "apology to victims of forced sterilisation as a first important step," in a message on Twitter. "I now look forward to quick progress on an accessible and effective compensation mechanism," she added.

One-fifth of Slovakia's population belongs to the Roma minority. They have long been excluded from society, generally living in segregated settlements that often lack basics like electricity and running water, heating and gas. Roma tend to make up some of the most marginalized ethnic groups in Europe.

Slovakia issues apology for forced sterilizations of Roma women | News | DW | 25.11.2021


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